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January was National Mentoring Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness around the mentoring need and recognizing the mentors who currently volunteer their time to be a caring consistent adult in the life of a child in their community. I hope you'll read through this newsletter to learn more about the events that mentoring programs and Mobius held throughout the state this month to honor the service of these dedicated mentors and raise awareness of the need for more volunteers.

Happy Mentoring Month!
Chad

 

2017 Mentoring Celebration at the Statehouse
On January 18, 2017, Mobius hosted its annual Mentoring Celebration at the Vermont Statehouse. This year, we brought together about 80 mentors, mentees, program staff, and mentoring supporters to officially recognize January as National Mentoring Month! 

We honored Emily Bellmore as our 2017 Vermont Comcast Mentor of the Year, danced to an awesome performance by Rajnii Alexander Gibson Eddins and his mentee Ethan, listened to Governor Phil Scott talk about his personal mentoring experiences, heard from some mentees about what their mentors mean to them, got to experience Twinfield Together Mentoring Program read the National Mentoring Month Proclamation, and that was just the morning! In the afternoon, Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas introduced a Mentoring Month Resolution that was approved by the Vermont House and Senate, and publicly recognized mentors and mentees who gathered in the balcony of the House chambers. Capping off the event was a civics lesson from Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, and a tour of the Statehouse.

Nationally, the campaign is spearheaded by MENTOR (The National Mentoring Partnership), the Harvard School of Public Health, the Highland Street Foundation, and The National Basketball Association.


For more information about the event, read our blog post.
Chittenden County Mentoring Network Mentor Appreciation Night
On January 24, we celebrated mentors in Northwestern Vermont at the annual Mentor Appreciation Night event! This event is hosted by the Chittenden County Mentoring Network and was held at the beautiful Burlington International Airport. We had mentors from King Street Center, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Essex CHIPS, Connecting Youth, MOVE - Saint Michael's College, Milton Mentors, Howard Center Community Friends Mentoring, and The DREAM Program.

A huge thank you to the Burlington International Airport for hosting us, and funding support from the United Way of Northwest Vermont! The event was also made possible through food donations from Costco, Sugarsnap, American Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Great Harvest Bread Co., Klinger's Bakery and Cafè, The Skinny Pancake at Burlington International Airport, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Cabot Creamery Co-operative, and Sweet Clover Market, and flowers from Chappell's Florist.
 

SB Mentoring Winter Gala
For the fourth year SB Mentoring gathered to celebrate mentors and mentoring. On January 14, Eva McKend, current mentor and WCAX reporter, was our mistress of ceremonies, and Roddy O’Neil Cleary, local human rights activist and former mentor, offered our keynote address. The South Burlington High School Music Club provided entertainment. It was a very special evening.

SB Mentoring Barnes and Noble Book Fair
For the fifth year, we held an all-day book fair at Barnes & Noble on January 27 as a fundraiser and to share information on our program. The stories we hear on this day from guests who stop at our welcome table are always powerful and inspirational about the role mentors play in people’s lives. This year we had a special “Lego Challenge” as part of the event.

Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley Mentor Appreciation Dinner
Each mentor and guest were invited to a full-course dinner provided with support from Colatina Exit Restaurant and Wells River Savings Bank on January 24. Mentor Tom Kidder received his Certificate of Recognition from Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas for his nearly 8 years of service as a mentor in TMP. While receiving their certificates, each mentor shared a story of how he or she has enriched the life of his or her mentor and each story illustrated that the life of the mentor was being enriched as well. Click here to get more information about our program.

Franklin County Caring Communities Celebration Event
Watershed mentor pairs gathered at The Dairy Center to recognize a local donor as well as to celebrate some match milestones! Mayor Liz Gamache came and signed a mentoring proclamation. Click here to learn more about our program.
 

Twinfield Together Mentoring Program Positive Pie Fundraiser
On January 19, Mentors from all three of TTMP’s programs were invited to eat pizza and reflect on their experiences as mentors courtesy of Positive Pie. Photos of mentor matches from the programs covered the walls and the place was buzzing with the excitement of mentors, families and friends sharing stories. 

Have You Made a Donation to Support Mentoring?
As our 2016-2017 Annual Appeal draws to a close, we invite you to read Hope and Margaret's story in our Annual Appeal (http://www.mobiusmentors.org/make-a-donation) and consider making a donation either to Mobius, or to a mentoring program in your area. With your support, we can continue to grow the mentoring community in Vermont, and ensure that more young Vermonters are able to receive the benefits of having a mentor in their lives.
 
Want to submit your recent mentoring event?
Email benji@mobiusmentors.org for questions and submissions.


February 1st-3rd: 2017 National Mentoring Summit
What: The seventh annual National Mentoring Summit will explore the theme of “Building Relationships, advancing the Movement” with local and national mentoring partners. When: Wed - Fri, Feb 1st - 3rd | 2017 Where: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown | 999 9th St NW | Washington, DC Register: $375/person, register here.

February 8th: CCMN Meeting
What: A monthly networking and professional development meeting of mentoring professionals from northwestern Vermont. When: Wed, Feb 8th | 9:00-10:30am Where: Howard Center, 1138 Pine Street, Burlington.

February 16th: Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series
What: A webinar hosted by MENTOR and a team of national mentoring partnersWhen: Tuesday, Feb 16th | 1:00 - 2:15pm Where: Online. Follow the links for info and/or registration.

Want your event to be added to the Dates to Know list?
Email newsletter@mobiusmentors.org.

Grant Opportunity from Vermont Children’s Trust
The application process is now open for the Vermont Children’s Trust’s annual grant funding. These grants, in partnership with the Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs and the Department for Children and Families, provide funding to improve or expand services for Vermont children and youth. More information available here. Applications are due by midnight on Wednesday, March 22.

Vermont PBS Kids Writers Contest
The Vermont PBS Kids Writers Contest is a statewide contest designed to promote children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children to create their own original stories and illustrations, and is open for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form and follow the contest rules. Entries are judged locally by a panel of experts and winners are selected – first place and runner-up, from each grade, for a total of 12 winners. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. To learn more, contact Chuck Pizer at cpizer@vermontPBS.org.

Peace First
Are you ready to do something? Go out there and change things? Take things into your own hands and actually make a difference? Well, go tell Peace First. They’re calling on teams of young people across America to identify places of hurt, disconnection, and brokenness in their local schools and communities and to create powerful solutions. By signing up, teams will have access to digital tools, mentors, and the chance for $100,000 in funding and prizes! What are you waiting for? Accept the #PeaceFirstChallenge.
Internet Essentials: Through Comcast's Internet Essentials program, your mentee and his or her family may be eligible to receive high-speed home internet for $9.95/month*, a low-cost computer for $149.99*, and free internet training. Visit the site for eligibility requirements and more information or contact us today. (*plus tax)

CCMN: The Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) welcomes all mentoring program staff to attend meetings. The CCMN is a group of mentoring program staff–community and school-based–who meet to offer one another support, encouragement, ideas, and networking to further individual programs’ good work. The next meeting is TBD. Want more information or to attend the next meeting? Email the CCMN group (ccmn@mobiusmentors.org).

Mentoring Connector: MENTOR recently launched the Mentoring Connector, a free service that helps quality youth mentoring programs across the U.S. recruit more local volunteers while greatly increasing visibility for their organizations. All programs are required to create a new entry for the updated version of the system to ensure all information is current. To add your program to the Mentoring Connector, please follow this link and click on “Add a New Program.”

NMRC: The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) is a collaboration with MENTOR and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)The NMRC is a resource for no-cost, specialized, local program assistance. The program assistance you apply for will be provided by local, experienced mentoring coordinators and experts in the field. Mobius is the Vermont technical assistance provider for the NMRC. Mentoring programs can apply here.
 
Reward Volunteers: Reward Volunteers is a web-based initiative, headed by Cabot Creamery Cooperative that rewards volunteers and their organizations for the time they spend giving back to their communities. We continue to encourage Vermont mentoring programs that use the Vermont Mentoring Database to have their mentors log their volunteer hours through the database. Volunteer mentors who log their hours through the database will automatically be entered into the Reward Volunteers system. Use and follow #RewardVolunteers to be a part of the conversation.
 
MMDC: The Mobius Mentor Discount Card (MMDC) is an initiative that allows mentors to take their mentees to restaurants, theaters, museums, pools, and a variety of other fun places at a discounted price. Enjoy unique discounts from more than 40 participating local businesses all across the state by bringing the card during mentoring hours.

Get Active: Starting in the summer of 2015, Mobius and the Vermont Department of Health are partnering in an effort to provide resources and guidance for mentoring organizations and mentors across the state to incorporate some form of physical activity into their programming. Program staff and mentors, find out how you can help encourage mentees to live an active, healthy lifestyle by viewing the Getting Active and Making a Difference guidebook.

PCAV: Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAV) is now offering free trainings to  support providers, staff, and parents in preventing sexual abuse from occurring. For more information, contact PCAV here or at (802) 229-5724.

Mentor PSA: What if the people who were there for you during those carefully considered, critical decision-making moments weren’t? 1 in 3 youth in Vermont could benefit from a trusted adult to turn to in real life moments where a little guidance can make all the difference. Spread the message  with us by posting to social media sites, including it in your newsletters, and by passing it along to new viewers.
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About Mobius:
Mobius is supported by the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, the A.D. Henderson Foundation, and the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Mentoring programs throughout the state are helping to lead the statewide movement through their involvement on the Program Leadership Council and our Board of Directors. Nationally, we are an affiliate of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.

 






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